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84                                          FLOBA INDICA.
chiefly ia the very small glabrous achenia, which are exactly the same as those of &
pulchellus, to which plant the present bears a striking resemblance in general habit,
notwithstanding the great* difference in the shape of the leaves. We retain it as dis-
tinct from R. affinis, not only on account of a certain difference of habit, but because,
if united to it, it will T>e necessary to reduce the next species also. We have ascer-
tained, by an inspection of the original specimens, that E. pedatifidus of Smith is
the same as K amcenus, I/edeb.
12. R. hirtellus (Boyle! Dl. 58); foliis radicaiibus reniformibus
3-partitis vel segmentis lateralibus ad basin fere fissis pedatim 5-par-
titis, sepalis adpressis, acheniis in capitulum ovatum vel oblongum col-
lectis obovatis compressis utrinque convexis.—E. Isetus, Wall. Cat.
4702 C.wparte. E. attenuatus, E. nervosus, d E. Choorensis, Jbyb/
7&B3.
HAB. la sylvis umbrosis Himalayas occidentals temperatae, alt. 7-
12,000 ped.: a Kashmir ad Kumaon: et in pratis subalpinis et alpinis
usque ad 14,000 ped. Porma parviflora latifolia in Himalaya exteriori
vulgarisj angustifolia in sylvis interioribus, humilis foliis multifidis in
alpibus.—(FL per totam sestatem.) (v. •».)
Serin perennis, pluricaulis, adpressc pubescens vel gjlabrescens, radice fibrillosa.
(Met e collo plures, £-l£-pedales, sropius elougati, basi nudi, apice ramosi. Folia
radicalia sscpe longe petiolata, circumscriptione rotundata vel reniformia, tennia,
nervosa, pilis* sericeis adpressis ntfinqne vestita, rarius glabrescentia, diametro 1-8-
pollicaria, ad basin fere tripartita, segmentis lateralibus bilobis oblique Qvalibus, ter-
minal! late cuneato-trilobo, omnibus argute inciso-dentatis; sen pedatim 5-partita,
lobis oblongis indivisis, apice tridentatis vel acute palmatim inciso-multifidis. Folia
, caulina palmatim 3-5-partita, segmentis cuneatis trifidis vel tridenjtatis l-l|-poUi-
caribus. Flares ^-pollicares, in spec, alpinis majusculi. Sepala ovalia, adpressa,
pilosa. Petala obovata, sepalis duplo longiora. Jchenia in-capitulum ovale collects,
obovata, subcompressa, immarginata, rugosula, dense pilosa vel glabra.
Variat—1. grandiflorus et parviflorus; 2. foliorum lobis'integris, inciso-dentatis vel
palmatim partitis; 3, acheniis tomentosis vel glabcrrimis; 4. caulibus clongatis
erectis mdtifloris, vel abbreviatis diffosis 1-paucifloris.
After a careful comparison of very extensive suites of specimens of the numerous
forms which we have here united under one name, with -previously-described Euro*
peaa species, we have,been unabje to.identify our plant with any, though certain
states of this very variable plant certainly approach very near to some forms of
both It. auricomus and R, qffinis. That the hairy and glabrous fruittid states of the
Indian plant belong to one species we do not in the least doubt, these variations
betting no definite relation to the differences in the shape of the leaves. We believe
therefore that all the forms which occur in the wooded region of the Himalaya are
referable to one very variable species. With regard to the alpine forms we are loss
certain, as our specimens, though numerous, are destitute of good fruit, without
which it is impossible satisfactorily to determine the 'affinities in this very difficult
genus:
13. R. auricomus (L. Sp. 775); foliis radicaiibus rotundato-re-
niformibus vel tripartitis crenatis, caulinia digitatim partitis, segmentis
Imearibus integris vel ineiso-serratis, acaeniis velatinis in capitulum glo-
bosum collectis orbicularibus subcompressis angustc margtuatis stylo
uncinato apicuktis.—DO. Syst. i. 266, Prod. i. 34; ledetour, II Ross.
ir 38; Torrey <& Gray, Ik N. M. i. 17. E. cassubicus, Z.; DC. Syst.
et Prod. I c.; Ledeb. I. c.
HAB. In montibus A%hanistan, Griffith! (ex spec, imperfect,)